Sunday, November 20, 2016

Review: Vogue 1517 | Two-Ways to Wear a Metallic Jacket!

I've been loving the fashion-weight faux leathers and this bright gold one is my latest obsession. I knew that I would use it for Vogue 1517, because it was just perfect.
Synthetic leather was recommended for this jacket. But the original designer jacket is made in genuine leather:


But I knew that this faux leather would be a great alternative because it has the characteristics and finish of lambskin. It's very buttery! So I began with cutting the size 14 for this pattern. And based on the measurements, I didn't need to adjust. I sewed this with my BERNINA Walking Foot and a Microtex needle.
The body of the jacket went together easily.
 But I did notice while the jacket was hanging on my dress form that the shoulder area of the sleeve was collapsing a bit.
The pattern didn't suggest a shoulder pad or anything, so I simply added sleeve heads for support.
 The hemming was done by hand.
The jacket also has an exposed metal zipper that went in perfectly.
Such a great detail that really makes a jacket like this.
The seaming is another fun detail of making this jacket. 
They're all edge stitched.
The lining is Bemberg rayon from my stash.
   Even though bagging the lining is always an option, I sewed mine in by hand.
There was just no way I wanted to pull my well pressed jacket through any opening.
I used a touch of embroidery to tack the top of the lining pleat at the center back.
For pressing, even though ironing is NOT recommended, I used my iron. I pressed my seams with my teflon foot on my iron and with a cotton muslin pressing cloth. If you choose to press this fabric, be extremely careful to not EVER allow the iron to actually come in contact with the faux leather.
I absolutely love this jacket. I've been reaching for it ever since I finished it. This fabric is incredible and I would buy it in every single color if I could!                     

41 comments:

  1. Amazingly beautiful!

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  2. Wow Erica, this is a gorgeous jacket and impressive workmanship. That zipper is perfect.

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  3. Well done, such a stunning jacket...

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  4. Beautiful as usual, luv it 😍😍

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  5. This is really pretty!! Construction is on point!! The copper is really a yummy color too! You have inspired me to add a sporty blazer. I don't wear them often at all, but there have been a few times I've reached and the cupboard was bare! Maybe now it's colder outside I can solve that issue. Love the relaxed look as well!!!

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    1. I love little jackets like this. I can easily drive in them and they're so easy to wear. Thanks Carol!

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  6. Great jacket! I can see how it will be well used and I love, love, love faux leathers.

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    1. Me too! There are some great ones available now. Thanks Carolyn!

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  7. Perfect! Love your tee shirt too !!!

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  8. Thank you so much for the tips, the jacket is wonderful!

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  9. It looks fabulous Erica - I especially love it with your ripped jeans!

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  10. REally, really gorgeous!

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  11. Super cute jacket Erica! I love what you paired it with too!

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  12. Lady, your work is AMAAAZING. The edge stitching is CRAZY. When I grow up I'm definitely going to be like you. I'm in the midst of making my first coat and I always reference back to your post on making a coat....the inside of a coat. Thank you so much for sharing your blessing with us.

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    1. Thanks for reading and good luck with your coat. You're going to feel so proud!

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  13. Erica, what did you use for the sleeve head? Batting?

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  14. It's beautiful, I love the way you embroidered the pleat under your label.

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    1. Thank you Deborah. I love those cute little details!

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  15. Wow another beautiful jacket ...

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  16. Did you use just a regular poly thread?? I've never sewen with this type of fabric before!

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    1. I used regular all-purpose thread.

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  17. Beautiful. All your items are typically Erica Stunning :)

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  18. Your construction is impeccable, and you style it and wear it so well!

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  19. Beautiful job Erica! How do you get your edge stitching so perfect?

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    1. Attention to detail and patience! Thanks Renee!

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  20. This is an amazing, helpful review. Your work is beautiful and notes are so helpful. The end product is wonderful on you! So happy I found your blog.

    Sincerely, Karen Moorhead

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